Joining

Why consider membership, and Volunteer my time?

There are a good amount of reasons why the men and women of the fire service volunteer their time to the communities they serve. Besides the obvious need of brave individuals to deal with emergencies that may arise in the community, there is the sense of accomplishment and appreciation that they get from helping someone in their greatest time of need.  Amongst the rank of the fire service you will receive training and experience that will not only help you cope with difficult situations, but also help you during normal everyday life.  One of the biggest benefits, however, is the extended family that you will find when you commit yourself to joining the fire service.

How do I join?

Well joining is a process that begins with a visit to the fire house, and usually lasts 1-2 months while all the paperwork is handled.  During this time you will be invited to come to our weekly meetings where you will begin the learning process to becoming a firefighter.  It is also a great time to become familiar with the membership, and learn what is expected from a member.

 

Full Member:

To become a member of the New Providence Volunteer Fire Department you must first attend a Wednesday night meeting for an application. The Wednesday night meetings start at 7:00pm and end around 9:30pm, any time in between is usually good for application questions. Once you have an application and returned it you will be invited to attend the Wednesday night meetings in order to learn your way around the trucks and equipment. The application process usually takes about 1-2 months in which time your application will be reviewed by various committees.
To become a member you must also meet these requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Pass a physical exam.
  • Pass a background check.
  • Be approved by New Providence Borough Council.
  • Final approval by the New Providence Volunteer Fire Department members.

Once approved you will serve a two year probation period where you will be required to obtain Firefighter 1 & 2 training. During this time you will be allowed to respond to fire calls but not allowed to enter a structure fire until training is completed.

 

Junior Member:

The Junior Firefighter program is open to any individual between the ages of 16-18 years old. The person must be in good physical condition and have permission of parents/guardian. Person must be in good standings in school, community and have had no problems with the law.

To become a junior member of the New Providence Volunteer Fire Department you must first come to a Wednesday night meeting for an application ( Please bring a parent or your legal guardian to pick up an application ). The Wednesday night meetings start at 7:00 pm and end around 9:30 pm, any time in between is usually good for application questions. Once you have completed the application and returned it, you will be invited to attend Wednesday night meetings in order to learn your way around the trucks and equipment. The application process usually takes about 1-2 months in which time your application will be reviewed by various committees.

To become a junior member you must also meet these requirements:

  • Be between 16-18 years of age.
  • Pass a physical exam.
  • Pass a background check.
  • Be approved by New Providence Borough Council.
  • Final approval by the New Providence Volunteer Fire Department members.

 

Once approved for junior status you will be allowed to respond to fire calls, but only to assist with basic functions. You will not have the same privileges as a full member, and will only be allowed in the firehouse when a full time member is present. All juniors must leave the firehouse at 10:00 pm unless parental consent is given. The Junior period is a time for learning and once you turn 18, you will be eligible for full time status.

 

The New Providence Fire Department is a 100% volunteer company that relies on the support of the community. Thank you for your continuing support !

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